November 2006

Main Street Chiropractic -Whole Body Healing

Author: By Teresa Fitzgibbons

When you think of a chiropractor, bad backs, sore necks, achy shoulders, or stiff joints may come to mind. It may surprise you to learn that chiropractic care has proven beneficial for all sorts of maladies—from headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and muscle spasms to digestive problems, sinus ailments, and stress-related illnesses. Chiropractic care is for anyone who wants to feel better and function at an optimum level of health, whether seeking relief from a particular symptom or looking to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle plan.

“No matter why you come in, the end result is the same,” said Amy Most, Practice Administrator at Main Street Chiropractic. “We want you to get better.”

Main Street Chiropractic provides locals with a drugless, non-surgical alternative to health care. Medical professionals agree that the nervous system—the brain and spinal cord—controls and coordinates all organs, structures, and functions of the human body. Accidents, work or sports injuries, illnesses, stress, or lifestyle issues can cause misalignments, known as subluxations, of vertebrae that can interfere with the functioning of the nervous system. The science and philosophy of chiropractic care focuses on locating and correcting these subluxations.

“Once you know how good it feels, you’ll want to come back,” assured Most.

Main Street Chiropractic embraces a holistic approach to health care. Each of the four doctors has his own, unique area of specialization, but each shares the belief that the body innately knows how to function, heal, and restore itself when the nervous system is healthy. The doctors in the practice offer patients far more than the traditional structural work, or spinal manipulations, generally associated with chiropractic care.

Dr. Joseph Haven has extensive training in nutrition, herbal, and homeopathic therapies, including meridian therapy. Dr. Christopher Most possesses a master’s degree in sports health science and has earned certificates of specialized study in sports physiology, injury management, and sports biomechanics. Physical exams, patient-doctor consultation, nutritional counseling, and x-rays, when needed, are among the services that are part of routine patient care at Main Street Chiropractic, as well as specific treatments. Regardless of the treatment plan doctor and patient agree upon, relief from symptoms, increased flexibility, higher energy level, and better immunological functioning are all likely to follow.

“Chiropractors complete similar schooling as medical doctors,” explained Amy Most. “Except in their graduate work, chiropractors study anatomy as opposed to pharmacology.” To be a licensed chiropractor in South Carolina, doctors of chiropractic must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university; most have strong backgrounds in the core sciences. They must also complete four years of graduate study at a chiropractic college and complete a clinical internship. In addition, doctors of chiropractic must pass rigorous state and national board exams to gain state licensing and certification.

Each of the four doctors at Main Street Chiropractic earned their Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life College of Chiropractic in Atlanta, Georgia. Each also has strong ties to the Hilton Head community. Dr. Haven, with his wife and four children, has lived and practiced on the island for ten years. Dr. Most, who is married to Practice Administrator Amy Most, has practiced her for eight years. Drs. David Washack and W. Kelley Graham are each married, each with a son. Washack has been at Main Street Chiropractic for three years, while Graham, who has recently joined Main Street Chiropractic, has practiced on the island for five years.

“We’re a family business that legitimately cares about the well-being of our patients,” said Amy Most. All insurances are accepted and processed for patients.

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